BioSure HIV Self Test Kit

Product Review

BioSure HIV is the UK’s first home HIV self test kit and is now available from Freedoms Shop. Freedoms Shop is an NHS sexual health promotion initiative run by Central and North West London Foundation Trust (CNWL).

Because they buy in such large quantities they are able to offer huge discounts on purchases such as condoms and lube, especially if you buy in bulk.They work with some of the biggest brands to give you quality choices at really good prices.

Freedoms Shop work closely with Do It London, a safer sex initiative aimed at increasing the rate of HIV testing and improving the sex life of the capital. In 2015, they started stocking a selection of home sampling and home testing kits for STIs. These kits have been developed to simplify the process of helping at-risk individuals establish whether they have contracted a range of sexually transmitted infections.

The sampling kits can help identify HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis B and C – users simply have to provide a sample using the kit provided by Freedoms Shop and post them to the address supplied. The results can be given via text or phone.

The testing kits are even easier; the BioSure HIV Self Test will immediately identify your HIV status with no need to send off any samples or forms.

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BioSure HIV Self Test Kit

If you’ve been reading for a while you will know how much of a supporter I am of all aspects of safe sex. I’m not saying I never have sex without condoms (because I do) but I make sure I am safe. I also get tested regularly but I am lucky enough to have a clinic close to my home, that is never too busy.

For many people that’s just not possible, either they don’t have a clinic, it’s too busy to get an appointment, or it’s just not convenient. Test kits like this are a brilliant idea for those people. You can get results in the privacy of your own home in just 15 minutes.

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Inside the box you get:

 – BioSURE Self Test foil pouch containing:biosure HIV

  • 1 x BioSURE HIV Self Test device
  • 1 x Single Use Safety Lancet
  • 1 x Plaster

– 1 x How To Test Guide

– 1 x Your Result Guide

– 1 x Next Steps Guide

– 1 x Product Insert

– 1 x Opaque Disposal Envelope

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It’s very easy to do the test, you get a little pinprick clicker (safety lancet). You press it against your finger and it breaks the skin. I have to admit building up the nerve to actually press the clicker took me a lot longer than I am really willing to admit to. However, once I’d found my courage it was a simple job. All you do is squeeze a few drops and hold the tip of the test device to your finger, filling the tip with blood. Then you press this into the buffer pot. You need to do this on a level surface and make sure you press firmly. The tip of the test device needs to go right to the bottom of the buffer pot. Then you wait.

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I was amazed by how much my finger bled, so if you have issues with blood this may not be one for you to do. I took the photo above, put the camera down and when I looked back down blood was dripping down my hand. I went and washed it off and put the plaster on, and it was fine though.

The results are easy to see, and very clear, so there is no need to worry that you need to be scientific to be able to read them.

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This is a great product. Really easy to use, and definitely something I would buy in the future if the need arose.

 

*The Biosure HIV Self Test Kit was provided by Freedoms Shop in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does NOT contain affiliate links.

Pleaser Demonia Demon 17

Sextras Review

Pleaser Demonia Demon 17 are absolutely amazing black patent gothic peep toe shoes from Pleaser Demonia. Fantastic black strappy peep toe shoes with front lace up fastening, adjustable ankle strap with buckle closure, studs, D-rings and eyelets detailing, 5 Inch high block heel balanced on 1.5 Inch platform for more comfortable wear.

These super sexy strappy sandals will make perfect addition to your night out outfit…

From LatexLeatherLace

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Pleaser Demonia Demon 17

I love these shoes. I can’t really walk in them but I love them. The lace and eyelet fastening on the front means you can adjust them to fit as loose or tight as you like, and the ankle strap is adjustable too.
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The box is a sturdy black construction with the Demonia logo on top, and inside the pretty pretty shoes were nestled in tissue paper to stop them from getting damaged.
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As you can see in the photos the inside of the shoe is red, which looks amazing with the black. Granted when you are wearing the shoes you can’t really see it but I like knowing it’s there. 😀
They are black patent finish, and part of Pleaser’s vegan suitable range. They come in UK women’s sizes 4-9. I’m a size 4 and they fit nicely, snug without being too tight. I will admit the peep toe area was a little cutting when I first tried them but I stretched it out after a few wears. If you are wanting to wear these for a night out be warned you may need to take some time to soften them and break them in before hand because the patent finish makes the material very stiff.
The high chunky heel and hidden platform really help lengthen your legs, and they look great on.
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Overall

Gorgeous, solid shoes with serious attitude. Come on, you know they’re sexy as fuck. ;D

 

*I was sent the Please Demonia Demon 17 shoes by Latex Leather and Lace in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Joyboxx – Hygienic Storage System

Sex Toy Accessories

Meet patent pending JOYBOXX with PLAYTRAY; the world’s first hygienic storage system designed to handle pleasure products before, during and after use. The joy’s inside! Be on top of the sexual wellness movement with these innovative new tools that help customers protect their passion at an affordable price!

From Meo

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Joyboxx Hygienic Storage System

The Joyboxx is a hygienic storage system made by Passionate Playground. It is made of non-porous, food-grade polypropylene which is blended with an antimicrobial agent during manufacturing, so it won’t come off with use or cleaning. It’s easy to clean with soap and hot water, or for an extra deep clean, you can even put it in your dishwasher (top rack only).

External dimensions are: 12.60”(L) x 5.5” (D) x 5.0” (H).
Internal dimensions are: 11.25” (L) x 5.5” (D) x 3.5” (H).

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Includes Playtray
  • PVC, BPA & Phthalate Free
  • Fits most sex toy products
  • Food-grade, non-porous plastic
  • Discreet USB toy charging hole
  • Sophisticated Unisex Design
  • Anti-microbial silver ION agent mixed into plastic
  • “Easy access”top compartment for small items
  • Child resistant, removable, quiet sliding lock
  • Mini combo lock included for 100% security
  • Fits inside most night stands and drawers
  • Protected ventilation holes help moisture evaporate and keeps dust out

The Joyboxx looks very much like any cosmetic storage case or even like a small tool box. It is quite small but capable of holding a good variety of toys. It’s the perfect size to hold a good selection for taking with you to a play party, or while travelling. The little compartment in the lid is great for holding the charging cables, or if you’re going to a party for holding your condoms, lube, and cleaning wipes.

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The Joyboxx has a removable tray that is great for putting your toys on to dry after washing. It is also a good place to put them after having sexy fun, if you don’t want to jump up and wash them straight away. It keeps them off surfaces, and stops any germ contamination. There is also a charging hole at the back which is great for discreet charging. No more worrying toys will be discovered while out charging.

Because of the little compartment on top the Joyboxx doesn’t have a handle but I didn’t find this to be a problem. It was easy to pick it up by the sliding lock (in locked position). It also fit perfectly in most of my tote bags, so I had no problem transporting it.

I’d love to see Passionate Playground bring out a version that is longer (not necessarily bigger) so I could fit my bigger impact toys in it; things like my tawse, canes, longer paddles, etc. And a bigger chest for keeping at home that would fit my Doxy in would be fab too.

 

Overall

I really like the Joyboxx. It is a solid piece of kit great for storing my favourite vibrators and dildos, as well as lubes and cleaning spray.

 

*I was sent the Joyboxx by MEO in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The Butters All Natural Lube and Moisturiser From LTASEX

All Natural Lube

The Butters is an all-natural lube. It combines 6 of the world’s most nutrient-rich oils and butters with organic aloe for a slick, long lasting ride that leaves you soft & clean.

The Butters

The Butters was created as a solution to three problems in my life: chronic ashiness, dry hair, and most importantly, a lack of quality lube made for the sex I have. There are lots of products that solve the first two well enough, but I’ve never found a lube that’s beneficial to every orifice, non-toxic, plays well with lots of toy materials, won’t stain sheets, tastes good, is pregnancy-safe, and carries a reasonable price.

From The Butters Shop

 

The Butters

As my readers will know I don’t often review lubes. If I do they tend to have been provided in a package with something else, or they are something I feel is really special. This “lube” falls into the second category. Now although its own website calls it a lube I feel bad just referring to it as lube because it is soooooo much more than that. It is hypoallergenic, vegan, only tested on humans, Ph-balanced, clean drying, edible, has a neutral taste and smell, totally safe for internal use (vagina, anus, pregnancy-safe), amplifies natural lubrication, safe for pets and babies, non-toxic, and is produced/packed/stored to very high standards.

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I love this stuff. The scent is slightly nutty but not overpowering. The texture is light rather than being overly solid, I assume this is due the ingredients being ‘whipped’. It is really moisturising, and while it is oil based I didn’t find it at all greasy. It soaked in nicely leaving my skin wonderfully soft and smooth.

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According to the website The Butters can be used for many different things. Such as:

  • Hair & Skin Conditioner
  • Personal Lubricant
  • Massage Lotion
  • Face Cleanser
  • Makeup Remover
  • Wood & Leather Cleaner/Conditioner
  • Hot Oil Treatment
  • Shaving Lubricant
  • Beard Conditioner
  • Skin Protector
  • Tattoo Aftercare

I’ve used it for quite a few of these. I’ve used it as a lube (obviously ;D), massage lotion, for shaving, as moisturiser, on new tattoo, and to remove waterproof mascara. I really loved it for shaving, I learnt very quickly you need to rinse the razor in really hot water but you get a lovely close and smooth shave. I also found I had less of an issue with shaving rash, and itchiness.

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As a lube I used it with quite a few toys made from a variety of materials. On my glass dildo it was very slippery, I managed to push the dildo out of me even more easily than normal. I liked the feel of it on my wooden dildo, it was lubricated without being too slick. Plus it almost felt like it was conditioning the wood. It also worked nicely on my silicone dildo without leaving any residue.

I found when using it for hand jobs I had to use more so it didn’t soak in too quickly, but it felt great and because it warmed up in my hand it lasted for ages. With internal (vaginal) use it seemed to add to my natural juices keeping things moving easily. Now it does state clearly on the label it is unsuitable for use with latex, so be aware if you are using latex condoms. However, I used it with non-latex condoms (skyn) without an issue, I didn’t notice any breaking down of the material.

I did notice a slight change in the scent after it had been opened four weeks, the smell got a bit more nutty, and slightly dusty smelling. Not dirty dust but that type of scent. It’s not a bad scent just a change to note.  The Butters should have a shelf life of no less than 6 months at room temp. If you keep it in the fridge, it lasts pretty much indefinitely.

Overall

I loved The Butters. It has so many uses plus it’s all natural and animal friendly. I can’t wait to try some of the other products in the range. The coffee body scrub sounds amazing.

 

*I was sent The Butters all natural Lube in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Printed Funsheet from Sheets of San Francisco

Sheets of San Francisco

A Fluid-proof, silk feel, flat, digitally printed Funsheet Throw. With its high quality engineered digitally printed, tactile surface, this beautiful throw featuring our unique Strap 3 design can be used to protect whatever is underneath from all the rough and tumble of your play whilst looking fantastic and feeling great. Use it in the bedroom, throw it over the sofa or even lay it on the floor, the choice is yours for this versatile throw.

  • Fluid Proof
  • Breathable
  • Digitally printed
  • Tactile
  • Machine Washable.
  • Seam Free.
  • Made in US

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Printed Funsheet Review

I’d been coveting one of these sheets since I first saw them at ETO last year (2015). If I remember correctly they didn’t have a stand that year, I think Mark was carrying around samples and chatting about them. They felt great and I was very curious about how well they would protect a bed from various sex related……spillages. ;D  I spent the next year pestering poor Mark at every opportunity, and by pestering I mean reminding him that I really wanted to review a printed funsheet if the opportunity arose. And at ETO this year I was fortunate enough to be given that chance. There is a definite possibility I hugged the bag with the sheet in a few times on my journey home. I was very excited about testing it.

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The Printed Funsheet Throw I received is made from 3-ply, engineered, silk feel, printed polyester/polyurethane fabric. It measures 55 x 83 inches. As you can see in the above photo it has a fabulous strap pattern printed on it. I really liked this as it was just a bit different from having plain black. It covered my double bed perfectly. It feels luxurious, thicker than a normal sheet but not as heavy as a blanket. It’s really soft and comfortable to lie on.  I did wonder how something that didn’t feel even a little bit ‘shiny’ could be waterproof but those fears were totally unfounded, as I realised when I tested it.

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Before first use I threw it in the washer, you don’t have to do this, I just have raging paranoia and wash everything before I use it. Then I used it a few times for sexy fun. I actually found it was quite cooling to lay on, which was welcome in this heat. My partner even managed to get me to squirt, and I admit a little part of me was still sceptical until I pulled it back and found the bed underneath was completely dry.

I threw it in the wash and hung it out dry. Not sure what the neighbours thought…….and I honestly don’t really care. Lol.

My next phase of testing was a little more messy, although maybe not quite as fun. I grabbed wax play candles, lube, massage oil, and a bottle of water. I laid the Printed Funsheet Throw out on my bed and allocated a square to each medium. Then I set about messing up the sheet.

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After messing it up, and taking the photos I flexed the sheet to get off the thick of the wax, then used a scraper on the stubborn patches. Which left the wax square looking like this:

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I didn’t do anything else to the other squares. And I didn’t add any extra cleaning stuff to the wax or other squares. I just gathered it up, and threw it in the washing machine with my usual washing detergent. Then I hung it on the line to dry, be careful pulling it out of the machine, you may get some water run off if you’re not.

The water, oil, and lube all washed out perfectly. Unfortunately the wax I used had left the sheet very faintly stained.

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I did worry I may have damaged to integrity of the waterproofing but I tested the area and it was still perfect. I kind of like the spotty pattern I’ve managed to create.

Overall

I loved this. It was worth the wait. Even though I have managed to stain it, it doesn’t affect it’s use, and it was something I could feedback to Sheets of San Francisco, so they know for future. If you want a soft feel, flexible, waterproof throw that can be easily machine washed look no further; the Printed FunSheet from Sheets of San Francisco is ideal.

 

If you’d like to see one of these fabulous sheets in person, Mark and the team will be at Sexhibition this weekend (19th-21st August). Stop by and say hi.

 

*I was given the Printed Funsheet Throw by Sheets of San Francisco in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.